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NO. 89. AN ACT RELATING TO THE SALE OF ASIAN OR SOUTHEAST ASIAN CIGARETTES, ALSO KNOWN AS BIDIS.

(H.662)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 1001(7) is added to read:

(7) “Bidis or Beedies” means a product containing tobacco that is wrapped in temburni leaf (diospyros melanoxylon) or tendu leaf (diospyros exculpra), or any other product that is offered to, or purchased by, consumers as bidis or beedies.

Sec. 2. 7 V.S.A. § 1003(e) is added to read:

(e) The sale and the purchase of bidis is prohibited. A person who holds a tobacco license who sells bidis as prohibited by this subsection shall be fined not more than $500.00. A person who purchases bidis from any source shall be fined not more than $250.00.

Approved: April 25, 2000